wellteq’s employee sleep program improves average nightly sleep by 38 minutes – US medical journal.
Deployed in partnership with WTW, wellteq is pleased to announce the results of their latest sleep program “The Hidden Public Health Problem of Inadequate Sleep: Deploying Digital Mobile Technology to Improve Employee Sleep Hygiene in Asia” as published in the Journal of Community Medicine & Public Health Care published in the United States.
Co-authored by Ms. Pheona Chua (WTW Regional Senior Consultant of Workplace Health and Wellbeing), the results were drawn from across 13 nations, 8 enterprise markets and 529 participants and demonstrate a substantial and clinically meaningful improvement in nightly sleep duration achieved by 59% of employee participants. The weighted average sleep duration increase was 38 minutes of nightly additional sleep achieved. Based on an initial average sleep duration of 7 hours, this represents a 9% increase in weighted average nightly sleep duration.
The impact of poor sleep hygiene on employee performance is costly for employers and insurers. Inadequate sleep and/or disrupted sleep are also one of the modifiable predictors of and contributors to chronic health problems among employees, generating significant avoidable costs for employers. Sleep impacts mental health, incidence of fatigue, burnout and exhaustion, and decreases workplace productivity by $1,300 to $3,000 per employee. Work-from-home (WFH) has also created conditions that make the identification of employees at risk or suffering from these conditions much more difficult for management teams and colleagues, as well as far more challenging to support and remediate.
Senior Consultant, Corporate Health & Wellbeing, Asia, WTW, Ms Pheona Chua shares “A benefit trends survey we conducted recently shows that two-thirds of employers in Asia Pacific are greatly concerned about employee stress, burnout and mental health issues – it is by far the leading concern they have for their workforce. One way to support employees is to help them have better quality and quantity of sleep. Multiple research has shown that sleep deprivation significantly affects our health, work performance, safety and overall wellbeing. It is therefore beneficial that employers find ways to support employees in prioritising quality sleep in their daily lives so that they can perform their best at work. These do not need to be sophisticated. A simple sleep campaign can help employees to improve their sleeping habits. The focus here is to protect employees’ wellbeing in whatever ways it takes”.
wellteq Medical Advisor and lead author Dr George Gellert stated,” The study findings demonstrate empirically and validate the ability of wellteq’s technology platform to effectively engage employees, and help them make the behavioural changes needed to reduce the contribution of inadequate sleep duration and hygiene to poor physical and mental health, and to inferior work performance and low job satisfaction. This sleep wellness capability will be integrated seamlessly with remote sleep monitoring and telemedicine capabilities the Company will release to market in 2022, enabling wellteq to provide an unparalleled comprehensive sleep health solution to employers, providers and payers. In addition, the B2B and strategic partnering opportunities with existing manufacturers of sleep apnea and related sleep disorder technology will positively disrupt the current market, greatly benefiting employees and patients, and those who seek to maximize their health and well-being.”
wellteq CEO, Scott Montgomery states, “Sleep sits upstream to having the clarity and energy to make other lifestyle changes around mindset, then diet and exercise. It is hard for anyone to get their head right and to get their body right if they are not sleeping well. We are delighted to see wellteq’s sleep program and technological capabilities achieve these outcomes across large employee populations in multiple countries. In 2021, we began and in 2022 will continue a focus on expanding our existing mobile capabilities into telemedical health improvement and wellness across the full lifecycle of health care, health promotion and disease prevention. This will differentiate us in the corporate wellness marketplace and builds on our 2021 initiatives and momentum.”
The future of sleep health and hygiene management is rapidly integrating digital tools and home-based solutions in a full lifecycle continuum with workplace efforts. wellteq is positioned at the forefront of sleep disorder diagnosis, management and wellness coaching through its technology evolution and recent partnership with Monash University, a globally leading research and care delivery institution.
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